Back in September last year, I reviewed what I thought was the best budget foundation I’d come across for pale skin with pink undertones: Rimmel’s Match Perfection in Light Porcelain. I loved that foundation so much I’ve been using it ever since, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying out OTHER foundations for pale skin: oh hell no. No matter how happy I am with a product, there’s always a little part of me which wonders if there might be something even better out there, so when I noticed that Rimmel’s 25 Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation was on special offer at Boots last month, I decided to add it to my shopping basket.
RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25 HOUR FOUNDATION in 010 LIGHT PORCELAIN
My main reason for choosing this foundation (other than the fact that it was about £5, I mean) was the coverage. The one slight issue I’d had with the Match Perfect foundation I’d previously been using was that it offers medium coverage, whereas I’m more used to the full-on pancake effect offered by the fullest coverage available.
This product, on the other hand, claimed to offer full coverage, which sounded right up my street. It also claimed that this coverage would last for 25 hours, which… well, OK. I can’t for the life of me imagine why anyone would actually NEED their foundation to last for 25 hours, but then again, I don’t exactly live a “party-all-night” kind of lifestyle, so maybe that’s just me. This also contains:
- Something called “comfort serum”, which will apparently revive and hydrate your skin
- SPF 20 – hallelujah! I wish all foundations contained a decent SPF – it would make life so much easier for us pale people!
I ordered this in shade 010 – ‘Light Porcelain’: it’s exactly the same shade as the Match Perfect foundation I’ve been using, so I was fairly confident it would work for me, and I wasn’t disappointed. As with its sister product, the colour is pale, with pink undertones, and a near-perfect match for my skin. Here are some swatches:
And here’s a quick comparison with some other pale foundations:
As you can see, Lasting Finish is both pinker and a little darker than the first two foundations. It’s basically identical to the other Rimmel foundation, so any differences in the swatch photo are purely down to the difference between the two formulas: Lasting Finish is thicker and more matte than Match Perfect, which is much runnier in consistency.
As I said, the coverage here is full, although, unlike many full-coverage foundations, it’s not totally matte. I find it does a pretty good job of evening out my skin, and covering minor blemishes – I’d need concealer for any particularly angry ones, but can go without it if I’m wearing this on a good skin day. It applies and blends easily, although after Match Perfect, which basically just glides onto the skin, this did take a little bit of getting used to, and it requires a more careful application.
I haven’t tested the ’25 hour’ claim, and have absolutely no intention of doing so, because I like my sleep too much, but it does last all day, and it lasts without creasing under the eyes, or highlighting any dry patches, so I think it lives up to its claims. Slightly to my surprise, however, I actually find the coverage a little bit TOO thick sometimes: I never thought I’d say this, but, having become accustomed to the more natural look of the Match Perfect foundation, I think I prefer it, and would probably re-purchase it before this one. With that said, I have been using this fairly often, and if you’re looking for that flawless, full-coverage look for pale skin, I think this is an awesome budget option, and well worth trying out.
In a bid to be all service-y and helpful, and also to embarrass myself on the internet, I decided to take some before-and-after photos of this, so here they are:
(I also tried to take one of those “half-and-half” photos, where you have foundation on one side of your face only, but I seriously looked like The Phantom of the Opera, so I ditched that idea pretty fast…)
In the ‘before’ shot, I have a blemish on my cheek (which, seeing as I’m over-sharing anyway, is one of those annoying blind pimples, which don’t come to a head, but just lurk there underneath the skin. I’ve had it for so long now, I’m thinking of naming it. If you have any suggestions what I should call it, feel free to leave a comment…) and a small oil slick on my forehead. In the ‘after’ photo, meanwhile, I STILL have the blemish and the oil slick, but they’re slightly less visible. I’m not wearing concealer or powder (I AM obviously wearing mascara and lipstick!), and actually, a lot of the shine you can see in both photos is from the flash, rather than from my face, so I’m not nearly as shiny in real life, thankfully. I don’t normally need powder with this foundation, but as the coverage is so full, I always use blusher (which, again, I’m not wearing here), just to put some colour back in my cheeks and make me look, you know, alive.
Overall, I’d say this is a pretty decent foundation for pale skin: I got mine on offer, and paid about £5, but it’s normally only £7.99, which ain’t too shabby either.